From one charitable donation to another

It’s not something you hear every day – a charity in South Shropshire has handed over a cheque for more than £1,500 to another charity.

Volunteers Wendy Simpson (who also worked in the bookshop when it was run by Severn Hospice) and Terry Morton
Volunteers Wendy Simpson (who also worked in the bookshop when it was run by Severn Hospice) and Terry Morton

The Furniture Scheme, which supports local people in crisis or in need, has honoured its commitment to give Severn Hospice 10per cent of the first year earnings made at the charity bookshop in the Square, Craven Arms.

The former Severn Hospice shop was taken over by The Furniture Scheme in April 2016 and most volunteers stayed on.

Jean Jarvis MBE, Chief Executive of The Furniture Scheme, said they wanted to keep the goodwill of the people.

“This was a well supported shop and we were so impressed by the dedication and commitment of the local volunteers,” she said.

“The Furniture Scheme has great respect for Severn Hospice and the fantastic work it does and are glad both charities have been able to benefit from the successful year of trading under new ownership.

“We would like to thank the local people for their continued generous support and our volunteers for the hard work they do.”

The Charity Book Shop is open six days a week and has 28 volunteers.

Ms Jarvis said the book shop fits well with The Furniture Scheme ethos of reuse and recycling and complements their bookshop in Ludlow.

As part of a Christmas celebration to thank volunteers across the charity a video has been made showcasing all the hard work everyone does in all different departments of The Furniture Scheme.

The segment featuring book shop volunteers has been released early to mark the cheque presentation to Severn Hospice. You can find it here.

John Carberry from Severn Hospice said they were delighted to receive the donation.

He said: “When we closed the book shop in Craven Arms we know a lot of people were disappointed, so when we heard The Furniture Scheme wanted to help support us as well it was a great surprise.

“Bookworms in the town have been quietly helping us all year and we are so pleased with the money raised.

“We are very grateful for the donation and delighted to also see the people who volunteered in our shop still helping out with just the same enthusiasm.”

If you have any good quality books you would like to donate to the shop you can drop them off at the Charity Book Shop or Craven Arms Sport and Community Centre which is also managed by The Furniture Scheme.